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No Surprise: Netflix Comes Out Against Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Hastings says combined company would be a threat to the Internet

Netflix told shareholders Monday that the company opposes the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because it would give the combined company too much power over broadband Internet access. The…

April 21, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

Senate Gives Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal the Kid Gloves Treatment Only Sen. Franken opposes merger

Comcast evp David Cohen had it pretty easy before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the company’s $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. In answering questions from lawmakers, Cohen rarely…

April 9, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

New Site Lets Consumers Opt Out of In-Store Mobile Tracking 11 analytics firms agree to honor end users' wishes

Ahead of a Federal Trade Commission conference Wednesday on the privacy implications of mobile device tracking in stores, airports, hotels and other public places, a new website is launching where…

February 18, 2014, 1:13 PM EST

Franken Unsatisfied With Ford's Data Collection Practices Says customer consent shouldn't be buried in fine print

As far as Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is concerned, Ford's in-car data collection practices don't measure up. Franken reached out to Ford last month, asking the carmaker to explain what data…

February 12, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

Facial Recognition Rises to the Fore of Washington's Privacy Debate Ahead of meeting, Franken asks NameTag to delay launch

Facial recognition is about to become central to the debate about consumer privacy. On Thursday, more than 120 participants representing businesses, social media, advertising, privacy advocates, policymakers—anyone who has an interest…

February 6, 2014, 9:35 AM EST

Your Car's Navigation System Is Sharing Your Data Too Report finds a lack of transparency among navigation providers

A new government report concludes that in-car navigation systems may be driving away with too much data about drivers’ whereabouts. The report on in-car location-based services like Garmin, OnStar and Google…

January 6, 2014, 6:45 PM EST

Sen. Franken Frets Over Apple's Fingerprint Technology Users could be impersonated for life

It's one thing for a hacker to get your digital password and impersonate you on the Internet; you can easily change your password. But your fingerprint is a whole other…

September 20, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Google Glass Stirs Up Privacy Debate in D.C. Google says it's still too early

Several stories are popping up on news sites stirring up privacy panic over Google Glass, a sort of wearable smartphone. While the glasses look relatively unassuming on the user and…

March 19, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

There Is a Good Chance You Are Being Tracked While You Shop Sen. Franken finds it troubling

Euclid, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up that tracks consumer shopping habits in stores via their WiFi enabled smart phones has run smack dab into the ongoing privacy debate in Washington about…

March 13, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

Internet Policy's Rock Star Addresses CES Lays out agenda to protect digital competition

Sen. Ron Wyden is practically a rock star among the Internet community. Hailed as the “Senator from the Internet,” the Democratic member from Oregon seemed to relish the accolades during…

January 9, 2013, 2:34 PM EST

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